I am now in Brugge (Bruges), Belgium, enjoying a week off from my busy teaching schedule here in Europe – shopping, gawking at the gorgeous waterways slicing through this fascinating, historical town – but I could not miss reminding you about the upcoming weekly webinar appointment with the NICABM team this Wednesday, May 1st!

This time the very special guest is Stephen Porges (founder of the polyvagal theory), a name very familiar to many of you who have attended my workshops.

Stephen will explain why the polyvagal theory is so important.  He will also explain why after trauma the social engagement system gets turned off and the defense system stays active. This is important because it could shed light on treatment strategies when we work with trauma survivors.

It’s part of NICABM’s New Treatments for Trauma webinar series, and it’s free to watch at the time of broadcast – you just have to sign up.

Last time I saw Stephen was in California – and I also remember a dinner in Denmark ages ago – a totally likeable guy that really walks his talk!  His wife Susan Carter is a major researcher on the role of Oxytocin in bonding – and what a bond THEY share!!

Stephen has created the most valuable research in support of our somatic approaches – his studies are of immense help when working on resolving threat and helping our clients restore their capacity for social engagement.  He has made an enormous contribution to our field of Trauma Therapy, and I always make ample reference to his work in my Somatic Attachment and DARe trainings.

I find that Porges’ perspective gives clinicians such a clear understanding of the pathway to help individuals or couples lift out of the “shutdown” caused by life threat: first allowing them to initiate and complete active responses of Fight and/or Flight, then helping them re-enter the social engagement system, where contact with Self and Other becomes desirable and possible!

So often we are trying to help folks when they are stuck in trauma responses without considering that first we need to help them “bottom-up”, back towards the pre-frontal cortex, so they can find their higher brain functioning – then we can also work top-down, for fuller integration and deeper understanding.

Here’s a look at the agenda:

  • Why the Face Is the Window to Our Internal State
  • What Makes the Human Vagus Unique?
  • How Our Nervous System Reacts to Another Person’s Voice
  • The Important Physiological Component of Intuition
  • How Our Personal Narratives Originate in Our Bodies
  • How Trauma Changes Our Ability to Adapt to the World
  • Why Educating Clients Creates the Ability to Transform the Brain

Again, it’s free to watch the webinar broadcast, just click here to sign up.

Or, if you’d like to get all 6 webinars in the New Treatments for Trauma series, including downloadable videos, audios, and transcripts for each (plus 3 bonus webinars), you’ll want to register for a Gold Membership – here’s the link.

This Wednesday, Stephen will explain the shifts that take place in the nervous system as a result of a traumatic event.

I don’t think you’ll want to miss this.